Eskridge, Kansas

Last Sunday, Harland and I took a short daytrip to the Flint Hills. This area of Kansas with its pristine native prairie with blooming wildflowers beckons to us this time every year, we just can’t stay away. So we left from our home in northeast Kansas Sunday morning, and by noon we had reached Eskridge where we stopped for lunch at the Coffee Cup Cafe.

The Coffee Cup is a small-town restaurant with a blue and white tile floor and mis-matched tables and chairs where the all the locals hang out. For everyone who walks in the door, someone yells out, “Hey, how you doin’?” The special that day was a fried chicken dinner with all the trimmings, served buffet style. Harland and I grabbed our plates and loaded them up with homemade fried chicken, REAL mashed potatoes with REAL gravy, and slow-cooked baked beans .

After lunch we waddled out to our truck to continue our journey to the Flint Hills. But first we took a few shots of downtown Eskridge.

This display in front of an empty building caught our eye….

..a bit of small town humor.

But what caught our eye even more was an old red brick bank building built in 1906.

From the grass in the sidewalk and the dirty windows we could tell that the bank was no longer in business.  So we peeked in the windows.

OH.  MY.  WORD.   Check out the teller counter…..and the tin stenciled ceiling…and the tile floor.. and the faded, but original wallpaper.

This place is a time capsule. Except for the new heating ductwork hanging from the ceiling there on the left, it looks like no updates/changes have been made whatsoever since the day the bank opened.

Wow….  what a gem.

When I got home I did a little research on the internet and found the building’s 1982 application for admittance to the National Register of Historic Places.

The bank was built by 2 brothers, John and George Waugh in 1906, and was in operation until 1959. As of 1982, the building was still owned by the Waughs with one of them operating a law office out of the old bank area. The application has a wealth of information about the architectural details of the inside and outside of the building, plus a little bit of history about the Waughs and what the bank was like in its heyday.

Well worth a look if you like history. You can read the application for yourself by clicking HERE.

After admiring the old bank, we hopped into our truck to continue our journey into the Flint Hills.

——> Stay tuned for the next episode of our Sunday drive.

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